Jane Fonda on Accused Sexual Predators: ‘Sweep the Floor at Starbucks Until You Learn’

Controversial actress talked about comebacks for disgraced figures such as Charlie Rose — while promoting a new documentary

Image Credit: Shutterstock

Jane Fonda wants no professional comebacks for men who have admitted to or been accused of sexual misconduct until they can prove that they’ve done the work and learned from their mistakes.

“Oh, poor top-paid executive who can’t get his job back,” the actress said at a Thursday event for her upcoming HBO documentary, “Jane Fonda in Five Acts” when addressing the topic of men losing their jobs over accusations.

“F*** it! Sweep the floor at Starbucks until you learn! If you can’t learn, you don’t belong in the boardroom. And there are plenty of women who do belong in the boardroom.”

Comebacks for those recently accused of sexual misconduct are a big topic of conversation, especially since disgraced public figures like Louis C.K. — who admitted to many allegations against him — have already attempted to return to work.

The comedian recently took to the stage at the Comedy Cellar nightclub in New York City, which sparked intense debate online.

Television personalities such as Charlie Rose and Matt Lauer — both accused of sexual misconduct — have also reportedly been mulling returns to their careers.

Do you support individual military members being able to opt out of getting the COVID vaccine?

By completing the poll, you agree to receive emails from LifeZette, occasional offers from our partners and that you've read and agree to our privacy policy and legal statement.

Other major figures to lose work because of sexual misconduct allegations include former Sen. Al Franken, actor Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards,” “Seven”), producer Harvey Weinstein (“The King’s Speech,” “Shakespeare in Love”), and director Brett Ratner (“Rush Hour,” “Hercules”).

Fonda, 80, specifically targeted Rose when addressing the issue.

She said he is an example of someone who hasn’t “done the work.”

“It doesn’t matter how much time. It depends on what the guy is doing,” she said.

“Men are trained not to be empathic, not to be emotional. So it’s not easy what they’re trying to do, but they have to try to do it. So it doesn’t matter if it takes two weeks or a year, two years. It depends on what kind of changes they’ve gone through.”

During the Vietnam War, “Hanoi Jane” was photographed posing with enemy combatants to protest America’s involvement in the war.

Fonda is someone who knows a thing or two about comebacks.

During the Vietnam War, “Hanoi Jane” was photographed posing with enemy combatants to protest America’s involvement in the war. She has never quite lived down that infamous photo, though her career has stayed on track since then.

She currently stars in the Netflix series “Grace and Frankie,” which is headed into its fifth season.

The documentary she’s currently promoting, “Jane Fonda in Five Acts,” depicts her life on and off the big screen. It will debut on HBO on September 23.

Check out the trailer for “Jane Fonda in Five Acts” below:

Join the Discussion

COMMENTS POLICY: We have no tolerance for messages of violence, racism, vulgarity, obscenity or other such discourteous behavior. Thank you for contributing to a respectful and useful online dialogue.

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments